Registrations of new leisure vehicles in Germany in the first five months of 2019 were 14.3 percent higher than the same period last year. A total of 43,986 new leisure vehicles were registered – a level never before seen for the first five months of any year in Germany. Sales of new leisure vehicles so far in 2019 have already topped the total sales figures for 2014. indicating that the German leisure-vehicle sector is poised for yet another record sales year in 2019.
Caravanning is more popular than ever in Germany. Sales of new caravans in the German market for the first five months of this year are up 12.2 percent relative to the same period last year, to 14,149 units. This is the best sales performance for this sector in nearly two decades. Between January and May, a total of 29,837 new motor caravans also rolled out of dealer showrooms. This is a record high, and an outstanding increase of 15.3 percent relative to the same period last year.
Sales in the month of May, which were up 15.8 percent relative to the same period last year, accounted for the lion’s share of these outstanding overall results. The total sales amounting to 12,142 leisure vehicles set an all-time record for the month of May. Motor caravan sales for May of this year rose 16.4 percent relative to the same period last year, and the 8,104 new units sold set an all-time record for this period. The increase in caravan sales for the month of May was likewise exceptionally high, amounting to 14.5 percent. The 4,038 caravans sold during this period are the highest number sold since 2001.
“Caravanning is attracting an ever-growing number of Germans of all ages and from all walks of life, as this very special leisure-time activity enables holidayers to travel at their own pace and go where they please when they please,” notes Daniel Onggowinarso, Managing Director of the industry body CIVD. “This popularity is bound to continue apace in the coming months, and the sector appears to be headed for yet another record sales year”, concludes Onggowinarso optimistically.